Instagram is one of the most popular online sites that is primarily a photo sharing site. Not only that, Instagram can be used to share videos as well as social networking. In the current generation, people have become more depended on Instagram because the concept of taking photos has become so much more appealing with mobiles being produced with extremely high camera pixels. The most interesting feature of Instagram (that, admittedly, is the primary reason for its popularity) is the several filters it allows a picture. These filters are used to bring out the best in the pictures and since each picture has a separate focal point, a single filter usually does not cut it. Thus, Instagram swoops in and saves the day.
Ever since Instagram was introduced to the population, its popularity has seen an upward rise. It has become so important that people have also started making money out of it. Like every other social media site on the internet now, even Instagram allows users an opportunity to earn out of posting pictures and videos, if the user is smart enough to use the facilities provided to him/ her. This shows us how Instagram has affected our lives on a large scale. Nowadays one can barely see a person without an Instagram app on their phones (admittedly, one can barely find a person without a smartphone too which might have made it easier for the population to download and use Instagram).
Having Instagram accounts and strong passwords
Especially in the first world countries, one can see that almost everyone has an Instagram account. The Instagram of a person basically gives us a window into the lives of the person and allows anyone wishing to know the person a better opportunity to know the person without having to constantly buy the person for some time to talk or attend to them. Instagram also has a feature that allows the user to stamp a location on a picture giving the followers information on where the picture was taken and therefore where the person has been. In general, Instagram allows people to track a person’s everyday life without being creepy about it.
To create an account, it is necessary to for the user to input their email id and a password (like any other social media site, really) before they can begin to access the wonders of Instagram. However, a lot of computer experts have said that the password policy of Instagram is very weak. Unlike Facebook, Instagram fails to have compact security allowing any hacker out there an opportunity to hack into any account they have enough dedication to.
There have been a number of incidents of hackers hacking into a person’s Instagram account and wiping the account clean of any pictures that they may have uploaded. The trouble here is that each picture uploaded is not just a memory that was cherished and shared using the map but it is also a successive account of the everyday life of a person. An Instagram is an app that allows a person to track a person’s years very clearly and successively- where they have been, who they have been there with, what they did when they had been there, when had they been there- all of these questions can be answered with one look through their Instagram accounts.
Accounts of various celebrities getting their Instagrams hacked has become one of the more disturbing news in the present world of entertainment.
How to hack an Instagram Accounts
The main weakness, as pointed out by a bug hunter, is the OAuth vulnerabilities. He has mentioned two ways to use OAuth that can be used to break in a person’s Instagram account. Even though Instagram has been bought Facebook, they failed to update the security vulnerabilities of Instagram like they have secured the privacy of the Facebook users. Instead, it gave hackers another way into a person’s private accounts. Previously one could only make use of Instagram OAuth to hijack a profile but with Facebook coming into the scenery, hackers can also use Facebook OAuth Dialog to hijack a profile. Anyone who can use the above programmes can hijack into a users profile and use it to access the private photos of the person, allowing deleting photos and editing the comments as well as allowing them to post new photos in the account.
This OAuth vulnerability basically allows the hacker enough access to completely mess up the Instagram of the person in question.
Avoiding getting hacked
It would be quite helpful in the case if a person changed password quite frequently of an Instagram account. At that rate, it might become quite difficult for a hacker to deal the ending blow to hack into the Instagram accounts.
Seeing how private an account can be, it is necessary for a person to make sure that they have taken every possible step to keep their accounts safe. People generally tend to save all memories in the Instagram accounts and losing these pictures from Instagram is going to mean that the pictures will be lost forever and mementos once lost can never be acquired back unless there is the use of some extensive power.
There are several other ways to hack into an Instagram account which is mainly brute force attacks. There are also several ways to gain protection against these brute force attacks that, if implemented in the right way, can be very helpful for a person to maintain a safe and secured Instagram profile. It is even more important to keep the Instagram accounts safe because any hacker with an intention to hack an account usually is not a good wisher, thus it would not be surprising if they used the photos in the account for wrong means or to slander the account holder. Once access to the Instagram is allowed, a person gets the right to do whatever they want and any hacker usually does not have a very good motive for hacking.